Citing a now debunked New York Times article, Food Safety Magazine reports, “A sample of powdered tea imported from the Japanese prefecture of Chiba, just southeast of Tokyo, had 9.3 times the legal maximum level of radioactive cesium 137 allowed in food…”
The erroneous report in the New York Times from which the Food Safety article draws has since been fixed and amended with a correction noting that “The sample had 0.93 percent of the legal limit, not 9.3 times the legal limit. The article also misstated the resolution of the matter. The importer voluntarily withdrew the tea from the market; the Hong Kong government did not ban its sale.”
I hope Food Safety Magazine will correct its article as well in order to stem any fallout the misinformation has had on a region where people are still just picking up the pieces of lives torn apart by the triple-punch (earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear) disasters of March 11, 2011.